Art Practice

Academic Qualification

Master of Fine Art (Research) RMIT University 2014-2018
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) Australia Institute of Education & Training 2016
Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies James Cook University 1995
Graduate Diploma of Education Melbourne University 1992 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art Monash University 1988-1990

Professional Experience

Artist in residence Manyung Gallery Group, April 2022

Senior Advisor, Learning and Teaching RMIT University, 2017 - 2020
Deputy Head of School RMIT University, School of Art, 2014 - 2017.
Program Manager RMIT University, School of Art, 2010 - 2014.
Educator Developer GOTAFE 2008 - 2010 Course Coordinator GOTAFE 2003 - 2008

Selected Solo Exhibition

Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney, 2022                                                 Manyung Gallery, Strathmore, 2022
Site Eight, RMIT University 2018
Anita Traynor Fine Art Consultancy and Gallery 2017
Victoria Gallery 2006
Artistry Galleries 2005
Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne 2003
Wangaratta Exhibition Gallery 1999
The Australian Embassy, KOREA 1998
Vagabonds Cafe, Brisbane 1998
University of Southern Queensland 1997
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery 1997
No Vacancies, City of Melbourne, 1994

Selected Group Exhibition

Nest, Brenda Colahan Fine Art Sydney 2023

Affordable Art Fair with Manyung Gallery, Melbourne 2022

Affordable Art Fair with Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney 2022
Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney 2018-2022
Manyung Gallery Group 2018-2022
Levee Art Gallery, Maitland NSW, 2019-2021
Incognito Art Exhibition, Sydney 2021
Manyung Gallery, Flinders Gallery, Belinda Wilson & Colleen Guiney 2019
Manyung Gallery, Sorrento Gallery, Belinda Wilson & Tanya Wales 2019
The Other Art Fair (TOAF) Sydney 2018, 2019, 2021
Brenda Colahan, Sydney 20/20 Vision; 20 years - 20 women 2018
Selections from the Higher Degree by Research, Project Space / Spare Room RMIT University 2018
Anita Traynor Fine Art and Kinross Arts Centre, Artists on the Move 2016
RMIT University School of Art Print Exchange 2014-2017
The Muse Gallery, Milawa/Beechworth 2008 -2015
Agora Gallery, New York, USA 2010
Victoria Gallery, Melbourne 2006-2007
Artistry Galleries, Melbourne 2003-2005
Wangaratta Exhibition Gallery 2003
Shepparton Art Gallery 2002
Cellar Door Gallery, Mitchelton Winery,  2002
Qantas Lounges in conjunction with Wall Street Exchange 2000-2002
Regional Arts Victoria - Our Nation on Parade, Centenary of Federation - artists Belinda Wilson and Helen Brook 2000
Il Min Museum, KOREA 2000 Goethe Institute, Beijing CHINA 1999

Grants, Prizes and Awards

Omnia Art Prize (St Kevin's) Finalist 2022, 2023

Maritime Art Prize Finalist 2020
Collab with Gorman Finalist 2020
Art Olympia International Art Competition, Tokyo Honorable Mention 2019
St Kevin's Art Prize Finalist 2017
Vocational Education Innovation Fund, RMIT University 2015
The Head of School Award for outstanding contribution and leadership to the School of Art, RMIT University 2014
The Strategic Leader Award for demonstrating exemplary strategic leadership, RMIT University 2014
Certificate of Excellence for the highest domestic enrolment targets results, RMIT University 2014
Certificate of Leadership Excellence Award RMIT University, 2014 Prometheus Visual Art Award Finalist 2009
Cryptozoology Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Finalist 2008
Mt Buller Art Prize Finalist 2008
ANL Maritime Art Prize Finalist 2007
Hume Building Art Prize Finalist 2006 - 2007
Regional Arts Victoria Recipient 2000
Pat Corrigan Artist Grant 1999
Australia/Korea Foundation Grant Recipient 1999
Churchie National Emerging Art Award Finalist 1996
National Works on Paper - Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 1994